Federal Way breaks ground on new performing arts center

Congratulations to Federal Way on moving forward with a crucial part of its center plan.

The estimated cost for the Federal Way PAEC is approximately $31,850,000, which will be funded by a variety of sources, including City funds, State funds, King County-4Culture grant monies, naming rights, sponsorships, donations, contributions and potentially federal New Markets Tax Credits.

The  $31,850,000 project will be funded by a variety of sources, including City funds, State funds, King County-4Culture grant monies, and sponsorships.

The new venue will provide a 700 person theater, 8,000 square feet of event facilities, and an on-site 125 room hotel and be a catalyst for redevelopment in the city center.

The city’s goal is create substantial growth in family wage jobs, housing and destinations in close proximity to the Federal Way Transit Center.

In addition, the Performing Arts and Event Center will provide a community cultural venue desired by Federal Way residents.

Find out more here.

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Alderwood Water and Wastewater District to become newest member of PSRC

The Southwest Snohomish County based utility has sought associate membership in the PSRC.

 

Alderwood Water and Wastewater District to become PSRC's newest member.

Alderwood Water and Wastewater District to become PSRC’s newest member.

Alderwood Water and Wastewater District serves Bothell, Brier, Mill Creek and Mukilteo, the largest water and sewer district in the state.

The district is interested in regional issues related to infrastrucutre, maintenance and planning for weather changes.

Special purpose districts are eligible for associate membership in the PSRC and the Executive Board is set to act on the request on October 29, 2015.

See the full agenda for the meeting.


South Kirkland Transit Oriented Development Wins VISION 2040 Award

Seated: Former Kirkland City Council Member Jessica Greenway; Kirkland City Council Member Jay Arnold; Rep. Joan McBride, 48th Legislative District; Kirkland City Council Member Doreen Marchione Middle Row (L to R): Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet; Josh Brown, Executive Director, PSRC; King County Council Member Jane Hague; City of Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci;  Kirkland City Council Member Shelley Kloba; City of Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen Back Row (L to R): ; Kirkland City Council Member Toby Nixon; Arthur Sullivan, Program Manager, ARCH; Kirkland City Council Member Dave Asher; Chris Jowell, Executive Director, Imagine Housing and  Gary Prince, TOD Manager, King County

Seated: Former Kirkland City Council Member Jessica Greenway; Kirkland City Council Member Jay Arnold; Rep. Joan McBride, 48th Legislative District; Kirkland City Council Member Doreen Marchione
Middle Row (L to R): Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet; Josh Brown, Executive Director, PSRC; King County Council Member Jane Hague; City of Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci; Kirkland City Council Member Shelley Kloba; City of Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen
Back Row (L to R): ; Kirkland City Council Member Toby Nixon; Arthur Sullivan, Program Manager, ARCH; Kirkland City Council Member Dave Asher; Chris Jowell, Executive Director, Imagine Housing and Gary Prince, TOD Manager, King County

ARCH, Bellevue, King County and Kirkland have won a 2015 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the South Kirkland Transit Oriented Development project.

The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

“The South Kirkland TOD is an excellent example of a regional partnership that resulted in a beautiful and affordable community with efficient connections to transit, trails, and employment centers,” said Josh Brown, PSRC’s Executive Director.

The project was over ten years in the making, with supportive zoning changes required in three different jurisdictions. It now provides almost 250 mixed income homes and park and ride access to regional transit for around 500 cars.  

The award was presented at the Kirkland City Council meeting on October 20, 2015.

 

 

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SK Ride offers new option for South Kitsap transit riders

People in the McCormick Woods area in South Kitsap County will be able to use a new shared-ride service, SK Ride, to take a trip on Kitsap Transit starting November 9.

SK Ride is a new option for transit riders in South Kitsap.

Kitsap Transit is offering a new ride service for residents in South Kitsap.

Riders can use the app TapRide to select their pick-up and drop-off locations. The app is available free from the iTunes Store or from Google Play.

The driver receives the ride request aboard the bus and responds to let the passenger know when they will arrive. Riders can also schedule a ride by calling 1-844-475-7433. SK Ride is open to anyone.

Kitsap Transit has been testing new ways to provide transit service.  Housing communities like McCormick Woods and The Ridge, with dense neighborhoods developed in remote areas, create challenges for operating efficient public transit.

SK Ride service are (click to enlarge)

SK Ride service area (click to enlarge)

The transit agency has already implemented BI Ride, a two-hour advance call-in service on Bainbridge Island. In Poulsbo, a new 30-minute, small-service-area route is just taking off.

Service will be free for the first month. Starting December 7, Kitsap Transit’s standard fare will be collected. The adult fare is $2.00 cash or ORCA card E-purse. The fare is $1.00 for qualified senior, disabled, youth and low-income ORCA card holders. Kitsap Transit monthly passes are accepted.

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Ana Mari Cauce named UW President

Ana Mari Cauce has been selected to be the 33rd president of the University of Washington, after serving as interim president for the past seven months.

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President Ana Mari Cauce:  “I am immensely proud of who we are as a University — one that is dedicated to access and excellence.”

She is the first woman to be named UW President and the first Latina.

Board of Regents Chair Bill Ayer described Cauce as “extraordinary leader” with an “unmatched ability to connect with people — students, faculty and staff, as well as those outside the University — to listen and understand their perspectives, and take action as necessary.”

The UW is hosting a community reception for President Cauce later today at the HUB Ballroom.

Cauce is a professor of psychology and American ethnic studies. She remains active in the classroom and continues to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

The University of Washington is an associate member of the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The UW has an estimated $12.5 billion annual economic impact on Washington state, according to a recent economic impact study.

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Moving forward: I-5 project near JBLM & expansion of light rail fleet

The Transportation Policy Board will take up two big transportation projects this week.

map of proposed options on I-5 near JBLM

The proposed improvements on I-5 would reduce chronic traffic congestion and improve safety through the JBLM corridor.

WSDOT is ready to go with the I-5 (Mounts Road to Thorne Lane) corridor improvements funded through the Connecting Washington transportation package passed by the legislature earlier this year.

The transportation board will also take up Sound Transit’s ST2 Light Rail Vehicle Fleet Expansion project.

This $733 million project will fund all aspects of the manufacturing, delivery and testing of 122 light rail vehicles for ST2 projects, including Northgate, East Link and Lynnwood Link.

Both agencies have requested that PSRC add the projects to the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  To be included in the Regional TIP, projects must comply with federal and state requirements, and be consistent with VISION 2040 and Transportation 2040.

Two smaller projects funded by Connecting Washington are also ready to go – the SR 518/Des Moines interchange improvements and Highway 3/304 interchange modifications in Kitsap County.

Also on the board’s agenda:

  • PSRC’s Project Tracking Exceptions Policy
  • Transit Integration: System Access and Parking
  • 2015 Regional Transit Integration Summit Meeting Summary & Next Steps
  • A recommendation on a dozen comprehensive plans

You can see the entire agenda packet here. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, in PSRC’s board room. You can also watch the meeting online.


Feds look “Beyond Traffic” in region

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx brought the nation’s transportation future to Seattle City Hall today – drawing a crowd from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson lead discussion of “Beyond Traffic.”

Foxx noted that people he encounters across the country want to get “Beyond Traffic” and that’s what his 30 year look ahead is all about – getting ahead of traffic and beyond it.

The USDOT is forecasting 70 million more people in the United States by 2045 – with population growth focused in mega-regions like the Pacific Northwest.

He learned that transportation is the top priority of people in the region and about investments underway to catch up.

Foxx made note of an un-named local company seeking to deploy drones to move shipments out of traffic and the need think beyond the status quo.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray explained the city’s rapid job and population growth and successful effort to grow additional transit service.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland described the importance of transportation in providing equal access to jobs and opportunity in the region and the importance of new light rail service being planned.

State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson spoke about challenging engineers, like herself, to design right-sized solutions based on data, as opposed to myth.

The USDOT is seeking feedback on whether they’ve including all the key things that matter over the next 30 years, including: Climate change, an aging population, advances in automotive and fuel technology, equity, increasing freight and funding challenges.

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